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Matthew Graybosch has been at 18 events

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Matt Gibson1,084,827Tonight I will be working on my new song, Rage in a Bottle, live in a Hangout On-Air.  Watch me live at 9 PM EST or catch the YouTube archive later.  Let's get this record finished!  If you would like an invite to the HOA let me know. ;)Matt Gibson Live Songwriting - Rage in a BottleMatt Gibson Live Songwriting - Rage in a Bottle2014-07-21 03:00:0045G+
Damien Boath667We have the honour to interview one of the great fantasy authors ever!Stephen Donaldson, author of the Thomas Covenant series (Lord Fouls Bane etc)If you like fantasy, then this is a must listen! Join us to ask questions of the man via our Q&A!From www.stephenrdonaldson.com     Born in 1947 in Cleveland, Ohio, Stephen R. Donaldson lived in India (where his father was a medical missionary) until 1963. He graduated from the College of Wooster (Ohio) in 1968, served two years as a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War, doing hospital work in Akron, then attended Kent State University, where he received his M.A. in English in 1971.     After dropping out of his Ph.D. program and moving to New Jersey in order to write fiction, Donaldson made his publishing debut with the first "Covenant" trilogy in 1977. That enabled him to move to a healthier climate. He now lives in New Mexico.     The novels for which he is best known have received a number of awards. However, the achievements of which he is most proud are the ones that seemed the most unlikely. In 1993 he received a Doctor of Literature degree from the College of Wooster, and in 1994 he gained a black belt in Shotokan karate from Sensei Mike Heister and Anshin Personal Defense.     After completing the five-book, seven-year Gap sequence of science fiction novels, Donaldson spent quite some time "on vacation." However, he has now returned to work. His most recent book prior to The Man Who Fought Alone was a second collection of short fiction, Reave the Just and Other Tales. He is currently hard at work on "The Last Chronicles of Thomas Covenant".The Newbie Writers' Podcast Episode 131 - Stephen Donaldson!2014-05-03 01:00:003G+
Traveling Guitar Foundation263,506We will post links to the live events as they happen here on the event page.  Click live event links to watch!Traveling Guitar Foundation Music and Art Festival2014-04-04 14:00:00101G+
Matt Gibson1,084,827Tonight I am going to do some actual recording passes of the acoustic guitar parts for Breathe in the Sky!Tracking Acoustic Guitars for Breathe in the Sky2014-01-17 01:30:0040G+
Ole Olson47,538It has come to light that Google has started funding and supporting some of the most vile right wing extremist collectives and corporate front groups in America. Join us by changing your avatar and boycotting every single Google service for one day in protest. On Wednesday, December 11th make a serious attempt to not use anything Google. No Google Searches. No Google+. No gmail. No Youtube. No Google Calendar. No Blogger. No Google Maps. No Google Photos. No Google translate. No Google reverse image search. No Google Play. No Google Drive. No Google Books. No Google Shopping. Nothing.  (Android is immune since it is Open Source). If nothing else, just think of this as a challenge to see if you are able to spend a day on the internet without using a single Google product or service or just take the day off and enjoy the real world for a change. Google, many of us are your most loyal users, and we love the technical direction everything is heading by rolling all services into Google+ but it must be understood in no uncertain terms that we vehemently disagree with your decision to start to fund proto-fascist, right wing extremist, anti-environmental, anti-worker, and anti-science shock fronts like:•ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council)•American Conservative Union•Americans for Tax Reform•CATO Institute•Federalist Society•George Mason University Law School Law and Economics Center•Heritage Action•Mercatus Center•National Taxpayers Union•R Street Institute•Texas Public Policy Foundation______________________________________________More information:Don’t Be Evil? Google Funding a Slew of Right-Wing Groups http://billmoyers.com/2013/12/04/dont-be-evil-google-funding-a-slew-of-right-wing-groups/Tell Google CEO Larry Page to Cut Ties with ALEC http://org.salsalabs.com/o/632/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=14651Tell Google: Don't Be Evil With ALEC http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=8648#ShameOnGoogle  #Google    #DontBeEvil  One Day Boycott of ALL Google Products2013-12-11 07:00:00163G+
UNICEF USA353,533Join our End Trafficking team as they host a Google+ Hangout on Air to talk about the importance of addressing the demand for human trafficking. Human trafficking is a business, operating on the principles of supply and demand. There is a large demand for commercial sex, cheap labor, and cheap goods. As long as there is a demand, there will always be someone willing to meet the supply, even at the expense of another human being.  We'll be joined by our friends at CAASE and +Not For Sale's Free2Work. CAASE will discuss the demand for sex trafficking and how they're working to address it, specifically with youth. Not For Sale will share about the demand for cheap goods and therefore cheap labor and how their app, Free2Work, helps inform consumers about the purchases they make. A link to the Google+ Hangout on Air will be posted on this event page, as well End Trafficking's Twitter account and Google + Community, shortly before we go live.Twitter: https://twitter.com/EndTraffickGoogle+ Community: http://bit.ly/19JiLzs After our initial discussion, we will open it up to Q&A from the audience, so be sure to leave your questions for our panelists on this page!Why We Need to Address Demand2013-11-14 19:00:0097G+
Matthew Graybosch20,551Please join me as I reveal the new cover for my first novel, Without Bloodshed (Part One of Starbreaker), available in electronic and paperback formats on Sunday, 17 November 2013.Tell your friends. In addition to revealing the cover, I'll be reading excerpts from my novel if I can get hangouts working on my computer, and answering any questions you might have about +Starbreaker -- as long as it doesn't involve spoilers.It's gonna be a black Sabbath. Join me, or carry your regret to your grave!#starbreaker #revelation #release  Without Bloodshed - Cover Revelation2013-11-03 15:00:0056G+
Jessica Northey1,610,637 Hey guys! Join us for a discussion about things you should be considering when you are negotiating your Social Media influence.  Maybe you're even thinking "wow, I spend a lot of time online...how can I make it make money for me?"   I've learned a LOT over the years on how to maximize influence and create a sustainable revenue stream. A great deal of what I've learned has come from my peers, notably my Agent/Mentor +Micah Johnson  and great friend as well as Master of all things Media +Jenni Hogan  . They will join us for Google Plus Hangout and interactive Discussion on Wednesday October 30th at 11am PT/2pm ET.  You will be able to watch live from this page and join the conversation across all social media platforms by using #HomeSweetSocial    Feel free to leave questions on this page you want answered even if you can't join us the day of. MORE ABOUT Micah & Jenni.+Micah Johnson  founded MediaStars in 1998 and has become one of the top executives at discovering and mentoring talent.  In his more than 25 years of work in broadcasting, he’s earned a reputation as someone who is knowledgeable, insightful, and with an undeniable “eye” for recognizing talent.http://www.mediastars.tv/micah-johnson+Jenni Hogan  is an Emmy award winning journalist, lifestyle expert and entrepreneur. She is passionate about inspiring others to embrace the power of social media to impact people in a positive way.http://www.jennihogan.com/about/Protect & Maximize Your Social Media Influence2013-10-30 19:00:00122G+
Matt Gibson1,084,827Yep sorry for the short Notice!  15 minutes from now!Crimson Symphony - Dream - Kickstarter Interview2013-10-17 03:00:0013G+
Daria Musk3,490,785Friday, Oct 11th is The UN's Official Day Of The Girl Child. This year's theme is "Innovate To Educate" and in celebration I (+Daria Musk) will be hosting a special Hangout On Air with some wonderful organizations and amazing young girls around the world!We'll be joined by representatives from +The School Fund and a few young female students from Tanzania who will tell us how the opportunity to get educated has impacted their lives and inspired their dreams! We'll also have a representative from +She's the First another great program that gets girls into schools worldwide! We'll also be joined by a classroom of girls from The Fraser-Woods School in Newtown, Connecticut who have been raising money to send girls their age to school through The School Fund!We'll share stories, learn about the extraordinary benefits of girls education and I'll even close things out with a song or two ;)Hooray for #TheDayOfTheGirl !DAY OF THE GIRL - HANGOUT2013-10-11 15:00:00129G+
Lauren Oliver154,468New York Times best selling author Lauren Oliver and a panel of writers will be hanging out to talk about banned books, censorship, and writing about difficult themes. Use #LO_bannedbooks  to send us any questions or thoughts you'd like to see discussed.Lauren will be joined by fellow panelists Lev Grossman - TIME Magazine Book Critic and Author of The Magicians - and Lexa Hillyer - Author, Poet, and Co-Founder of Paper Lantern Lit. The  panel will be moderated by the fantastic Betsy Bird - Author and Children's Librarian at the NYPL! Lauren Oliver captivated readers with her first novel, the New York Times bestseller Before I Fall, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. She followed that up with Delirium and Pandemonium, the first two books in her bestselling trilogy, which concludes with Requiem. Delirium has been optioned for film by Fox 2000 Pictures. Oliver is also the author of two luminous novels for middle-grade readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po, which was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU's MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can visit her online at www.laurenoliverbooks.com.www.lauren-oliver.tumblr.comLauren Oliver and Friends: Banned Books Week2013-09-25 23:00:00230G+
Jamie Ford162,379I'll be at Vroman's in LA on Tuesday for a talk, signing, interpretive dance, karaoke by request, the usual.Willow Frost Tour: LA Edition2013-09-17 19:00:008G+
Tarja Turunen9,311"COLOURS IN THE DARK" Album Release2013-08-30 00:00:00266G+
Artists In The Plus1,754,944+Artists In The Plus is proud to bring you a very special "Concerts In The Plus!' with Guitar Legend +Preston Reed.(Banner Photo By +Ralf Hebauf )+Preston Reed has virtually reinvented how the acoustic guitar is played. Reed practices a flamboyant self-invented style, characterized by percussive techniques and simultaneous rhythm and melody lines that dance and ricochet around each other, giving his music a level of excitement that is unparalleled among today's guitarists.Playing an array of guitars from acoustic to electric to classical Reed's vast range of explosively original music will forever change your expectation of a guitarist.First-time listeners find it impossible to believe that they're hearing just the one musician, in real time. Reed attacks the entire instrument in a never-ending search for the orchestra he knows is lurking inside. At full tilt, his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands at once suggest a drummer, keyboardist, bassist and several guitarists at work.The most impressive thing about Reed's technique, though, is that it doesn't draw attention to itself. His compositions are far from abstract virtuosic displays; even without lyrics he creates vivid, engrossing scenes. Sometimes the effect is almost onomatopoetic. Reed generates visual stimuli with every tweak of his instrument, thus augmenting his wordless compositions with an aura of the poetic. Each tune is a story in itself with a potent, cinematic atmosphere and an almost tangible thread of communication between Preston Reed and the listener.Reed's entry into this guitar odyssey was inauspicious enough, his path thereafter largely self-discovered. A few chords learned from his guitar playing father, a brief, very brief, flirtation with the ukulele, clandestine practice sessions of his favourite Beatles and Stones songs on dad's guitar .... and then a too-strict classical guitar teacher led to premature retirement.At 16, however, Reed heard Jefferson Airplane's rootsy blues offshoot, Hot Tuna. His interest was rekindled big time. Acoustic guitar heroes John Fahey and Leo Kottke were studied, their styles absorbed but not imitated, and at this point things really begin to get interesting because, at 17, Reed, by now precociously proficient, played his first live gig, supporting beat poet Allen Ginsberg at the Smithsonian Institute.Just getting on a train from his native Armonk in New York State to Washington was a cool adventure. And it was just the first of many, not least of which was the one which resulted from his signing his first deal with a major record company, MCA, through the auspices of his friend, country singer-songwriter Lyle Lovett.Determined to make the most of this opportunity, Reed pushed himself to go beyond the standard fingerpicking styles he'd perfected. The result was the beginnings of Reeds startlingly innovative style, with its percus"Concerts In The Plus!" Preston Reed2013-05-26 21:00:0071G+
Matt Gibson1,084,827Join Matt (Vocals and Guitar) and T-Bone (Drums) in a LIVE jam session and performance of some of the songs that will be on the new record! Crimson Symphony Live on Google+ and YouTube2013-03-31 01:30:00100G+
BM L21,936Pick some friends & bang um silly!Plus Phuck Phriday! DEFINITION: A PlusPhuck is a display of true (well maybe not true) love when one plusses all the posts & photos of a phriend. Like a big phrikkin notification wake up call to get that red box glowing.2013-03-29 05:00:00698G+
pio dal cin76,837Samantha will be sent with four other astronauts to the ISS where she will spend six months experimenting . Join me on a live Hangout where she will talk about her new great challange. She was chosen among thousands of candidates for the 2014 mission.Interview with Samantha Cristoforetti Astronaut on the ISS2013-02-15 17:00:00278G+
Electronic Frontier Foundation2,063,726Happening now! Watch/participate via https://twitter.com/efflive. You can see the tweets even if you don't have a Twitter account. And if you are on Twitter, join the conversation with hashtag #Dodd.MPAA Chairman Chris Dodd's is giving a talk about "Creative Content and the Cloud" at the San Francisco Commonwealth Club -- and EFF's activism team will be on hand to cover the event through our live Twitter account,@EFFLive. We're going to provide a steady stream of humorous and thoughtful commentary throughout Dodd's speech, so please join us online or in San Francisco.Chris Dodd pushed hard to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a bill that would given content holders new tools to censor the Internet in the name of stopping "piracy."  Dodd has also said that he is "confident" negotiations for a SOPA revival are taking place. While it's tempting to write off that confidence as the result of watching one too many zombie movies, it should be no surprise that the MPAA is pushing for a new backroom deal. That's why EFF and other Internet freedom advocates are committed to fighting for an uncensored web.Follow our live coverage on Twitter @EFFLive or buy tickets to attend in person: https://doddandnewsom.eventbrite.com/ EFF Livetweets Chris Dodd's Speech in San Francisco2012-10-03 03:00:0060G+

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Alessandro Rinella0#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-08-05 18:02:06341101CC G+
Kerpi Burgan2,752#awesome #awesomepeople #chadwick #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #community #followback #followers #gplus #influence #leadership #public #publiccircles #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #ripples #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #socialmedia #theplus #tcs #team2014-08-04 14:58:00401114CC G+
Derek Dillon377Derek’s Weekly Disk | Engagers Circle Share V1.17 Thanks to this week's active engagers, those who’ve enriched my G+ experience. For more plusses, shares, and comments, consider adding them to your circles.If you received a notification via this post or the attached comments, you're included. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles.If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: •         +1 this circle•         Share this circle to PUBLIC•         Include me in your circles•         Comment on this post #topofthepeople   #influencermarketing   #sharedcircle#circleshare#howtoenlargecircle   #circlethis#socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy#socialnetworking  #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday#topofthecircle  #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share   #weekendcircle  #weekend#weekendfun   #circles   #circleyoushare #publiccircle#sharedcircles  #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare#publicsharedcircles#circleoftheweek   #circlesharing #sharedcircle#circleshare   #circle  #googleplus #google   #thankyou  Thanks to:+*janded+201:Digital+Aaron D2014-08-03 14:50:024089061131CC G+
John Wood10,384This circle contains people who really are interesting and active people on Google PlusIf you would like to be included in the next Circle Share, you only have to do these simple steps:1. Add me to your circles, if you haven't done already.2. +1 this circle3. Publicly share this circle to public, your circles and extended circles.4. Leave a comment below confirming that you have done all the steps mentioned above#circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles #share #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou  #circles #googleplus #communities2014-08-01 11:09:33339144127166CC G+
salvopax770#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-07-29 15:00:15341102CC G+
SpedireAdesso.com219#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-07-29 14:46:07342107CC G+
Salvatore Christian Parlacino0#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-07-29 14:44:29341106CC G+
Modestina Cicero0#circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleshared   #circlesdiscovery  #sharedcircle #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing  #sharedcircleoftheday2014-07-29 14:42:08340104CC G+
Derek Dillon377Derek’s Weekly Disk | Engagers Circle Share V1.16 Thanks to this week's active engagers, those who’ve enriched my G+ experience. For more plusses, shares, and comments, consider adding them to your circles.If you received a notification via this post or the attached comments, you're included. If you received a notification, please reshare to your circles.If you’d like to be added to the next circle share: •         +1 this circle•         Share this circle to PUBLIC•         Include me in your circles•         Comment on this post #topofthepeople   #influencermarketing   #sharedcircle #circleshare#howtoenlargecircle   #circlethis #socialmediamarketing #socialmediastrategy#socialnetworking   #circleoftheday   #circleoftheweek #circleoftheday#topofthecircle   #enlargecircle #thursdaycircle   #share   #weekendcircle  #weekend #weekendfun   #circles   #circleyoushare #publiccircle #sharedcircles  #addcircle #sharedpubliccircles   #circleshare #publicsharedcircles#circleoftheweek   #circlesharing #sharedcircle #circleshare   #circle  #googleplus #google   #thankyou   Thanks to:2014-07-27 15:45:393396449111CC G+
Rep Fitness0Crossfit Circle +1, Add, & Share!Bunch of spots left in the circle. If you want to be added just let us know in the comments. If you want to be removed let us know in the comments as well.www.repfitness.com - Colorado's Elite Fitness Supplier #CrossFit   #CrossFitCircle   #Circle  2014-07-24 20:31:34259204CC G+
Peter Edenist31,0152014 Super Sci-FI Circle : No, the Sky is not Falling!!! Also the Gravity is not sucking you in... please +1 this post to support it or you may have to take a trip in Snowpiercer, no need to thank me. Please reshare if you think this is a worthwhile circle. If you have been notified, you are in the circle!All the people in this circle are linked to our community (see link further down). As usual, please tag and recommend anyone who you think should be in this circle. Live long and prosper!Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science Fiction Pics: http://goo.gl/sOSPK5Mighty Shiny Browncoats : http://goo.gl/9osg1tDoctor Who : http://goo.gl/z3uWX3Ultimate Star Wars : http://goo.gl/Wu8bv6Ultimate Star Trek : http://goo.gl/JJPql9Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH #sciencefiction #sf #scifi  2014-07-24 12:58:0746211956145CC G+
Becky Collins13,341Active Writers and Authors Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia   #media   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-18 06:16:19462106CC G+
Greg Strandberg942Sci-Fi and Fantasy Readers CircleWant to connect with #fantasyauthor  and #scifiauthor  ?This #circleshare  has those folks and chances are you'll get some interesting things in your feed. #circlesharing   #googleshare   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #fantasywriters   #sciencefictionfantasy   #scifi  2014-07-10 23:13:52173000CC G+
Becky Collins12,529Software Engineering and Web Developer Circle :Circle of very #social #engagerspeople and companiesTo be included in my shares (#sharedcircle), be so kind to:1 - Do +1 t the post2 - Comment the post and specify your "category" (job or interest) Ex: Fashion, SEO, Companies, Social Media Marketing, Sailing, Photography, Bloggers/Writers, Web graphics and design, Italy, Artists, Sport, Finance/Economy ...3 - include the circle among your circles4 - share the circle (include yourself)Improve your popularity, be social be cool !Keep yourself updated, enjoy the Shared Circles Hellenic Alliance, you can share your shared circles inside the upcoming Community:https://plus.google.com/communities/112552559573595396104  #socialmedia  #media  #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circlecircle   #beckyscircle   #sharedcircles   #sharedpubliccircles  #sharedcircleoftheday  +Becky Collins ?2014-07-01 05:11:3156226CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,412(DH4)  HERE IS THE LATEST CIRCLE - 6/30/2014CIRCLE SHARING IS THE FASTEST WAY TO GROW YOUR FOLLOWING ON GOOGLE+  SIMPLY ADD THE CIRCLE, THEN ADD YOURSELF, THEN RE-SHARE USING THE HASHTAGS PROVIDED HERE.  WATCH HOW FAST YOU GROW! ENJOY  #DOUGHYATTCIRCLESHARING #CircleSharing #Circle #CircleOfTheDay #Share #SharedPublicCircles #SharedCircles #Google+ #GooglePlusTips #Google #ShareCircle #SocialMedia #AddCircle #ADD #Marketing #Engagers #SocialMediaMarketing #EliteInnerCircle #Friends #PublicCircle #buy_GooglePlus_followers2014-06-30 16:34:05401014CC G+
Doug Hyatt3,234Part 4  MANY NEW PEOPLE WHO WILL PLUS 1 and RESHARESimply ADD yourself to this circle, copy the #HASHTAGS, and REPOST#circles   #circlemania   #circletoday   #circleplus   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #CircleSharing   #sharecircle   #sharecirclethis   #worldsharecircle   #pleasecircleaddme   #circleoftheday   #newgenerationcircle  #monstercircle   #usacircle   #bestofthecircle   #shareofthecircle   #pleasecircle   #newbestcircl  add circle add circle * best share circle * share please pleaseplease add circle * best share circle * share please please#add #circle   #addcircle   #pleasecircle   #bestcircle   #mostcircle  #bestsharecircle   #newcircle   #top100circle   #best500circle   #top500circle   #circleoftheday   #circledaily   #nicecircle   #photography   2014-06-29 13:03:00400114CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
John Nuntiatio36,868#circles #sharedcircles #circlesharing #circle #bestcircle #news   #bestofcircles #bestcircleshare #share #tech #business #sport #small   #smallcircle #tennis #golf #photography #health #weightloss  2014-05-20 19:22:35440236CC G+
andi steven0- This is a game to expand the circle of friends.- If you see this message and you want to participate. Just perform the following actions:+ Plus: Click +1 this post.+ Comment: You note that any comments.+ Share: You share this comment to more people.+ Add: Select to add the button to connect with 500 people following, including me.The way to [Super Circle Part 2]: If you do all the steps above, of course, you have your bot acc add 1, and based on the number of people I will add up round [Super Circle Part 2], in addition to the many shared, and a new positive ..Thank you for reading.#indonesia #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circles2014-04-26 09:26:094786211CC G+
Adam Black6,745The Doc Whobies/Fandom CircleBy popular Demand, my Circle Sharing Continues...This was Originally a #DoctorWho Fans Circle  with added Added #Browncoats and #ScienceFiction #Fandom  ( started out from Peter Edenist, but I  weeded it & doubled it )If you are tagged,  you are in it.This was my First Great GooglePlus Circle, and its filled with Interesting People that will give an all-over shot of awesome to your stream.Weblink for Mobile Users:https://plus.google.com/u/0/108177944448520252638/posts/bmyr4RtwQVfRecent SciFi Posts:Red Dwarf Is back :https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MhaycJuj3aHNew Mind-Blowing Ambient Film score to Metropolis( free Download. Trust me, You want this  )https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AdamBlack/posts/MsMJkKkyYJ4Other Upcoming Coming Circle Shares include:Cognitive/PhilosophyOfMind ( started from Peter Wells and Iv added lot of new relevant people )The Geekerati:You can recommend People to this one.  Authors, Scientists, Actors... They are famous or talented...PoliticalReform( started out with the AntiSopa movement and turned Hard Left at Romney, and more  center after #Justice4Aaron Aaron Swartz death  and Snowden.  If you are progressive you may love it, if Libertarian its probably  a mix Love/hate  )If you want to be added to those circles,  before I share them, let me know#GeekCulture   #CircleShare #DrWho   #scififans   #DoctorWhoCircle  2014-04-14 13:16:4124619016CC G+
Jack C Crawford86,096Another cool circle.2014-03-22 17:03:555000517CC G+
Bob Mulholland20,590Haven't done a  #FollowFriday  in a while. Beam these mofos into your Circles , Scotty!Nothin' but a buncha  #StarTrek  nerds in here.... #SharedCircles  2014-03-07 20:06:14486519CC G+
Dan Thompson2,147Here is my circle of writers.  My suggestion to you new G+ folks is to add the entire circle as its own circle, i.e. "Dan's Writing Circle".  Over time, move your favorites over into your own growing array of circles.In particular, though, I'd say pay attention to John Ward, Evo Terra, Nathan Lowell, Brook Johnson, and Jefferson Smith.2014-02-22 19:51:53249212CC G+
Joanna Posch5,417You are all part of the Premiere of my circle-share   ^_^;;This circle contains:   Inspiring, Interesting and Incredible PlussersMy next circle will be bigger and his is also the way how you can be part of it in the nearby future  :DWarm embrace and Enjoy your day~ Feel free to Add and Share2014-02-21 15:13:59111627CC G+
Mikhail Petrovsky62,708Good morning / evening to all.You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Это социальный круг / This social circleВам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!#EarthMyMother #ForFriends #photo2014-01-21 02:56:05499411872CC G+
Artur M.35,061A Very Social CircleКруг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+circle of people, with active life position in Google+Если вы поделились этим кругом вчера, вы находитесь в нем сегодня. Если вы разделяете его с друзьями сегодня, вы будете в нем и завтра.#forfriends  2014-01-14 07:40:03498391557CC G+
Vladimir Samsonov23,928Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother2013-12-09 13:27:00439453170CC G+
Andrey Mashnich103,517Good morning/evening to all. You'll love this circle. Photographers, artists and other interesting people!Вам понравится этот круг, добавьте его себе. Фотографы, художники и другие интересные люди!Это социальный круг This is a Social Circle  #ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother 2013-11-30 16:02:04441573482CC G+
Christy Sandhoff21,699Kris Ten originally shared: THANKSGIVING CIRCLE SHAREIf you received a notification you are IN this circle!Thank you to everyone who is following me, and working with me to create a better world! (DOMINATION)I am sharing my inner circle in this circle (at least I think most everyone, had a little technical difficulty so I may have missed a few.)This circle is 50% some of my inner circle on G+, and 50% were selected at random from the people who are following me. I am asking everyone to SHARE the circle and help launch some new people into the G+ mix.  Anyone who SHARES this circle is guaranteed a spot in my next circle share. That goes for anyone who shares on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc wave. I will find you through the ripples, but the shares must be public. There is plenty of room to make it a snowball! (That means add the entire circle, then reshare it out, and add yourself to it! You can even add another 100 people if youd like and then share it out) To ALL the NEWBIES: My recommendation is to add in the entire circle, and keep them in their own circle. Over the next week or two, check the stream and move people from the probationary circle to permanent ones. Finally . . . as you know I am always working on something. This means I utilize my circles for different distribution lists etc. Do not be alarmed if I have uncircled you or have not circled you back. It is because I am using the circles for something else at the time. I can only circle 5K people, so at any given time there are many who are not circled back. That does not mean that I don't know you are there, and that I won't help you if I can.  Feel free to tag me in your posts. Approximately 30% of my posts are shares from those who follow me. G+ Network is the BEST place to Network on G+ with REAL PEOPLE. We are building small virtual neighborhoods and town squares all over the globe. We have a team of about 60 moderators who are there to keep things balanced. You can self promote in the G+ Network as long as you are an active member of the community. That means you just "don't post and go." We want engagers and not solicitors in the network.   For more information:https://docs.google.com/document/d/17FCGYkBOaKylcDPsep9W87NItwDzKkMd11ei8FaZ5u0/edit?usp=sharingBLOGGERSMake sure you check my profile every couple of days. I have lots of projects to help bring bloggers together. :) MTFBWU!!!!!!! (May the Force Be With You)Hashtag anything you want me to see with #k10  2013-11-28 19:14:543302210CC G+
KrisTen Slevin16,928THANKSGIVING CIRCLE SHAREIf you received a notification you are IN this circle!Thank you to everyone who is following me, and working with me to create a better world! (DOMINATION)I am sharing my inner circle in this circle (at least I think most everyone, had a little technical difficulty so I may have missed a few.)This circle is 50% some of my inner circle on G+, and 50% were selected at random from the people who are following me. I am asking everyone to SHARE the circle and help launch some new people into the G+ mix.  Anyone who SHARES this circle is guaranteed a spot in my next circle share. That goes for anyone who shares on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th etc wave. I will find you through the ripples, but the shares must be public. There is plenty of room to make it a snowball! (That means add the entire circle, then reshare it out, and add yourself to it! You can even add another 100 people if youd like and then share it out) To ALL the NEWBIES: My recommendation is to add in the entire circle, and keep them in their own circle. Over the next week or two, check the stream and move people from the probationary circle to permanent ones. Finally . . . as you know I am always working on something. This means I utilize my circles for different distribution lists etc. Do not be alarmed if I have uncircled you or have not circled you back. It is because I am using the circles for something else at the time. I can only circle 5K people, so at any given time there are many who are not circled back. That does not mean that I don't know you are there, and that I won't help you if I can.  Feel free to tag me in your posts. Approximately 30% of my posts are shares from those who follow me. G+ Network is the BEST place to Network on G+ with REAL PEOPLE. We are building small virtual neighborhoods and town squares all over the globe. We have a team of about 60 moderators who are there to keep things balanced. You can self promote in the G+ Network as long as you are an active member of the community. That means you just "don't post and go." We want engagers and not solicitors in the network.   For more information:https://docs.google.com/document/d/17FCGYkBOaKylcDPsep9W87NItwDzKkMd11ei8FaZ5u0/edit?usp=sharingBLOGGERSMake sure you check my profile every couple of days. I have lots of projects to help bring bloggers together. :) MTFBWU!!!!!!! (May the Force Be With You)Hashtag anything you want me to see with #k10  2013-11-27 21:03:133328955107CC G+
Jan Havrda20,092Deep Thinkers.2013-11-15 00:06:31141216CC G+
Francesco Zambelli527#circlesharing   #circleshare   #topengagers   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharedcircle   a very good circle is being built... to be included you have to1) share this circle2) +1 to this post3) comment it.2013-11-07 19:36:45198117CC G+
Matt Gibson920,723Ok so we are going to try something different here...As you may have noticed, I am sharing a circle of really cool people and pages for you to add to your circles.  If you want cool content from cool people - add the circle!  It's that simple!  If YOU would like your profile to be shared to almost 1 million people, leave me a comment that tells me a little bit about YOU.  What do you like?  What is your favorite music?  Where do you live?  Let's get to know each other!  What are your social network or website addresses (simply posting a link without telling me about YOU won't make the cut btw)?Here is an example:Hi!  My name is +Matt Gibson and I am an independent artist working on my 1st album!  I like all forms of music but I tend to lean towards metal.  I play guitar, piano, drums and saxophone as well as sing!  You can check out my website at www.crimsonsymphony.com and you can subscribe to my +YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/crimsonsymphonymusicI like books by great authors like Tolkien, +TERRY BROOKS  and Raymond Feist among others.  I read a lot of non-fiction as well on subjects like business, marketing, antiques and tech.I am an amateur gardener and I aspire to own my own beehives.I like reading your posts because you are such a handsome fellow with that long wavy hair and manly beard and....ahem ok you can skip that part unless you really mean it LOL.Now that's not hard is it?  Tell me about yourself and get your profile shared to a million people!  Not a bad deal eh?New and OLD friends can participate but no cheating or dumb comments like "add me" or "hi".  You should all thank +Amanda Blain for giving me this idea to steal for our benefit btw... so let the fun and networking begin!!PS If your comment is really cool you may find yourself in the next Cool People circle and who knows, maybe we will become friends or colleagues? 2013-10-03 00:47:03249721243CC G+
Jane Ellen43,979I call this one my Big Ball-0-Fun.  I started with Dede's Fundies, thank you +Dede Craig King and added smaller circles I had made, along with a science circle from +Ray Sanders ,  and some small circles from +Lynette Young and +Carter Gibson and I don't even know who else.  So I haven't organized circles in two years.  You wanna make sumpin' of it? #sharedcircles   #circleshare  #newbies 2013-09-06 17:42:0642925630CC G+
Jacob Dix22,353Sci Fi August CircleThese are the 21 people who contributed something of their own creative work to my August  project, via the hashtag #SciFiAugust . You can find the original announcement post about SciFi August here: https://plus.google.com/100152754393360938972/posts/9PQgCR6kLFrI myself have been caught up in the maelstrom of life, and am taking social easy for now, but I felt I needed to share these individuals who, in one way or another, participated with me in this months creativity.Thanks. #sharedcircles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #circleoftheday  2013-09-03 09:07:49219112CC G+
Peter Edenist23,865The Super SciFi Circle - Weekend Special!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                 Resharing the main Science Fiction circle. I am notifying select people who are in the circle separately.  This is the TOP SF Circle - for people who want in, please comment in the specific circle in the links enclosed. All my circles which are reshared are listed here. These are public circles and form part of the Public Circles Database:) Please Reshare to share the love and to support SF!!!!!! =========================Our linked communities:Sci-FI Community here: http://goo.gl/s1NVd  Science on G+ community here: http://goo.gl/46uFH=========================I have taken the liberty of adding some people interested in Science fiction. If you want to leave, please let me know with a comment. If I have missed anyone, my apologies, please comment and let me know.=========================Hastag zoo:#scifi  #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #sciencefiction  #sciencefictiontelevision   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictionmovies  #hardscifi   #fantasy   #worthsharing   #robotics   #drwho   #whovians  #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles   #public  #circlesharing   #circle   #circles   #circleshare   #circleoftheday   #topcircles  #reshare   #reshared   2013-08-14 16:20:334968210287CC G+
Cesare Riccardo53,564Cesare Riccardo  supports G+ friends by  mutual circle sharing!█▀▀░█▄░█ ░█▀▀ █▀█░█▀▀ █▀▀░ █▀█░ █▀▀:█▀▀░█░██ ░█ █░█▀█░█ █░█▀▀░ █▀██░▀▀█▀▀▀░▀░░▀ ░▀▀▀ ▀░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀▀░ ▀░░▀░▀▀▀░█▀▀ █░█▀█░░█▀▀ █░░█▀▀░ ░█ ░░█░█▀██░█░░ █░░█▀▀░ *░▀▀▀ ▀░▀░░▀░▀▀▀ ▀▀░▀▀▀░ •  !!!!►►► DISCOVER THE BEST G+ ENGAGERS ◄◄◄                 ►►► DAY  August the 2nd  ! ◄◄◄                  If notified, you are inside !I do my best to promote valuable g+ users from my circles according the following rules :► How much I like their posts► How much they support my activity on G+► How much they help to promote me and friends in my shared             circles► How much they interact with me and friends in my circlesI usually follow interesting people who interact with me: daily I create a new circle of engagers. Engager circles are constantly updated removing users that don't post or don't engagePlease note :▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬►I daily RESHARE some post from my closest friend       BUT I CAN RESHARE ONLY PUBLIC POSTS       SO -PLEASE -DEAR FRIEND  POSTS PUBLICLY :))▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬        * I always reshare circles from my friends* !▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬►I keep shared circles for at least two days in my page after that I remove them. This is just because after two days reshared circles have no actual utility.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬►I usually remove people from my circles that have no activity in 7 days.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬▬►I  remove from my circles all the users that have not interactions with me in the last 30 days.2013-08-02 19:33:20355921992CC G+
Markos Giannopoulos5,491Geeks rule! // +CircleCount has added a new tag system (see announcement here http://bit.ly/15XaDov). Thousands of profiles have been tagged already, so here are the top (by number of followers) geek-tagged plussers (full list at http://bit.ly/134FoFN) The top ten: 1) +Robert Scoble 2) +Amanda Blain 3) +Darya Pino Rose 4) +Michelle Marie 5) +Brian Matiash 6) +Wick Sakit 7) +Joe Azure 8) +Keith Barrett 9) +Derek Ross 10) +Ahmed Zeeshan  For other rankings see also - Most popular geeks by comments/+1's/shares http://bit.ly/16SAddw- Most engaging geeks http://bit.ly/15XdZYm #circleshare   #circlesunday   #geeks  2013-07-21 15:19:0049018412CC G+
Jack C Crawford67,189So you all might remember the Angels circle, right?This one has 440 cool guys (caveat emptor ... my preferences may differ from yours ... I like all of these gentlemen).So here's to the men!G+{I added myself just because ...}2013-07-10 20:10:59441913783CC G+
Peter Edenist21,203The Super SciFi CircleWeekend reshare--------------------------------------------The new Sci-Fi circle has people from the Sci-FI community (join here http://goo.gl/SvYC6) who have been active posters on all things SF. Also included are some awesome artists, illustrators of SF and some people who have made Scifi movies!PLEASE RESHARE! to spread the love!I am adding some wonderful people who haven't been in this circle before. If you want in, please comment saying 'add me'Thanks to all the people here who have made this circle possible!If you do not wish to receive notifications, please comment 'opt out' in the post.----------------------------------------------------#scifi   #scififans   #scifichat   #scifiwatcher   #scififriday   #science   #sciencesunday   #sciencefiction   #sciencefictionandfantasy   #sciencefictiontelevision   #scienceisawesome   #sciencefictiontelevision   #sf   #circle   #circlesharing   #circleshare   #circles   #circleshared   #circleoftheday   #sharedcircles   #sharingcircle   #shared   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircleslist   #sharedcircleoftheday   #publiccircles   #publiccirclesproject   #publicsharedcircles #science   2013-05-24 08:26:21417926392CC G+
Dede King0Star Stuff Circle"We are all connected: To each other, biologically; To the earth, chemically; To the rest of the Universe, atomically."  - Neil Degrasse Tyson...And through G+, algorithmically. Thanks for the relevance. If you're new to G+, this is a pretty good circle if you want to liven up your stream or you're in the mood to pop a blood vessel or two. IJS. Have a happy Friday. #sharedcircles   #publicsharedcircles   2013-05-17 14:34:4948121641208CC G+
Bob Mulholland15,429Love the way these new Circle Shares look!Anyway, the good people inside this circle just can't get enough of everybody's favorite sci-fi show: Star Trek[waits for backlash on the above statement]So click +1 if you want to hang out with the cool kids in this groovy looking Circle.  #StarTrek   #SharedCircles   #CircleShare  2013-05-15 23:18:174846315CC G+
Jack C Crawford62,698I haven't shared this circle in quite a while ... 136 Awesome GentlemenHere are guys who reside in my inner circle.  Given that I have about 2,000 guys in my circles, this is special, but in now way diminishes any dudes I may have left out.These are the men who interact with me regularly and nourish my soul.Thanks guys!2013-05-04 04:25:26136522168CC G+
Bob Mulholland15,049#StarTrek   #SharedCircle  Beam these awesome Trekkies into your Circles. Want to be assimilated? No Tribble at all, just +1 this post and I'll pull you in with my tractor beam.Energize.2013-05-03 23:43:2447511516CC G+
Peter Edenist19,936Sensational SF CircleRejuvenation of the Sci-Fi circle sharingSci-FI Community link here : http://bit.ly/14PmI2VCleaned up the circles and only included people actually interested or posting about SF. Have removed a number of profiles and pages with a leaner, more focused laser-like pinpointing on Science Fiction.Why should you add them? They are awesome - they support the SF initiative and are genuinely interested in Science Fiction.Reshare and Add for spreading the love#scifi #scififans #scififriday #scifichat #scifiwatcher #sciencefiction #sciencefictionandfantasy #sciencefictiontelevision #sciencefictionmovies #sf #scifichannel #circle #circles #circlesharing #circleshare #circleoftheday #circleplus #public #publiccircles #publiccirclesproject #publicsharedcircles #reshare #reshared #reshareday #resharetags #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #sharedcircleoftheday #sharewithyou #sharing #sharingcircle #sharingmeansthankyou 2013-04-24 15:26:09232934273CC G+
Dede King0The Fundie CircleIt's round. I've hand picked the ones I interact with not because they're relevant to me or because of what they post, but because I could pick them out of a line-up, state their name and at least one fact about them and they're generally wonderful people to know. The top 10 I'd probably bail out of jail and take a bullet for, but that's neither here nor there. One thing none of them can be accused of, is being soporific. As a disclaimer: Circle with caution or stalk quietly as the circle is filled with every type of G+ user that might not appeal to all tastes including:1. Photo fundies2. Meme fundies3. Gif fundies4. News link reshare fundies5. Art fundies6. Science fundies7. Music fundies8. Narcissistic fundies9. Selfie shot fundies10. Food fundies11. Passive-aggressive one liner vague posting fundies12. Contrarian fundies (not trolls, just opinionated)13. Long form post fundies14. Leg humper fundies15. Lastly, the G+ fundies (they know everything about G+ and will tell you how to Internet)16. High Voltage Noms (+A.V. Flox)17. Low Voltage Noms (+Jake Kern)18. Cat fundies (+Bobbi Jo Woods)19. Sine Wave Noms (+fan tai)It's not really a circle meant to be shared, just my way of saying hey to all of you that make this place worth while <3 No hard feelings if I forgot anyone, it happens. Have a wonderful day.2013-04-17 15:28:3834742831130CC G+
Jack C Crawford60,726I'd like to share a special circle with you.  These folks are amazing most of the time.  When they are not, you must be patient.  They will be amazing very soon thereafter.Enjoy!(disclaimer: I added myself because I really like this group)2013-04-16 03:30:36501572755CC G+
Alessandro Folghera402Shared Cirle social media #sharedcircle increase your popularity #popularity  2013-04-11 07:36:53500513160CC G+
Trever McGhee23,722Circle of amazing people that interact with others by sharing their work ~ their circles to that person    ~ to help others connect with that person to bring a smile to their face  (。◕‿◕。)If your in this circle and would like to be added to other peoples circles within this circle leave a comment and tell them.If you would like to be removed because your getting to many followers that's okay too, just let me know  (。◕‿◕。)Please +Take2seconds to help me thank these amazing people~ leave a comment~ click the plus button~ click the share button~*** telling me if you know of another person that we should honor in our next circle  (。◕‿◕。)   ~ leave a link to one of their posts that inspired you  (。◕‿◕。)If you would like to be in the next one ~ just share the circle ~ Leave a comment to let others know you would like to be added     ~ leave a link to one of your favorite posts   ~ you don't have to follow me      ~ in order for me to support you in the next circle I create  (。◕‿◕。)All that is required is your desire to support another  (。◕‿◕。)Last circle I created to support peoplehttps://plus.google.com/u/0/109005993947558449703/posts/X3VgTEFAAHLThe following people below Shared that last circle to support the people within it and to thank them, I've included them within this circle  ~  if you have a moment please click on one of their names and share one of their posts that inspire you for it's sure to inspire another  (。◕‿◕。)Take2seconds   +Take2secondsSimona AN   +Simona ANShare Your Circle   +Share Your CircleAndrey Mashnich   +Andrey MashnichLudovic Moreeuw   +Ludovic MoreeuwPaul Paradis   +Paul ParadisMarvin L.   +Marvin L.andi rivarola   +andi rivarolaRumiana Nikolova   +Rumiana NikolovaAndreas Levi   +2013-04-04 15:44:0649622989120CC G+
Brett Lipton0EngagersI don't always share circles... But these people are top notch G+ers.All hand picked because they post interesting info, have insightful ideas & thought provoking notions. They are all real people. #GoogleGods #GooglePlus #Google #SocialMedia   #sharedcircles #sharedpubliccircles #publiccircle #publicsharedcircles  2013-03-20 16:41:4729067547CC G+

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2014-08-29 18:46:40 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 19 +1s)

This is an excellent post about privilege. Instead of telling people to check their privilege, I'm just going to put the blame where it belongs by telling people they don't realize the system sucks because most of the time the system works in their favor.

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Virgil's all warm from the sun, like a great big toaster pastry. 

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2014-08-31 00:25:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Thanks for reviewing +Without Bloodshed, +Will Hahn! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I understand exactly what you mean by the use of italics for both interior dialogue and network chatter. That was an editorial decision with which I complied because I couldn't come up with anything better. I'll probably insist on using a monospaced font for secure talk/secure relay chat in other Starbreaker books.

Thanks for reviewing +Without Bloodshed, +Will Hahn! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

I understand exactly what you mean by the use of italics for both interior dialogue and network chatter. That was an editorial decision with which I complied because I couldn't come up with anything better. I'll probably insist on using a monospaced font for secure talk/secure relay chat in other Starbreaker books.___

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Saturday Scenes: Silent Clarion (Chapter 1)

I've been busy lately, so rather than write something new and substandard I thought I'd share something polished that readers might have missed when it first came out.

#saturdayscenes   #scifi   #na  

London can be a cold city, and my duties as an Adversary often demand that I face it at her coldest. Not that it bothers me. It only makes my nights hotter by comparison.

I expected to find John asleep after finishing my shower. In his last year of residency at an Ohrmazd Medical Group hospital, by necessity he often dozed after loving me. I wholeheartedly encouraged him to. Tired people err, and in our lines of work errors cost lives.

Instead, I found him stretched across the bed naked and reading a medical journal. I sat on the edge of the bed beside him, and dragged my fingertip down hissp... more »

Saturday Scenes: Silent Clarion (Chapter 1)

I've been busy lately, so rather than write something new and substandard I thought I'd share something polished that readers might have missed when it first came out.

#saturdayscenes   #scifi   #na  

London can be a cold city, and my duties as an Adversary often demand that I face it at her coldest. Not that it bothers me. It only makes my nights hotter by comparison.

I expected to find John asleep after finishing my shower. In his last year of residency at an Ohrmazd Medical Group hospital, by necessity he often dozed after loving me. I wholeheartedly encouraged him to. Tired people err, and in our lines of work errors cost lives.

Instead, I found him stretched across the bed naked and reading a medical journal. I sat on the edge of the bed beside him, and dragged my fingertip down his spine to make him shiver.

He rolled and smiled up at me. “What were you singing in there, Naomi? I heard something about someone named Sophia.”

“Just another gnostic metal band I recently discovered. Lucifer Invictus. They did a show with Seiten Taisei last week.” Since I finally prevailed upon him to come to my flat after our date, I could show him the record instead of just pulling up a digital recording like I usually did when I wanted to share new music with him. I wasn’t about to bring vinyl records to the hotels John usually picked for our trysts he still lived in the family home, since that also required dragging the player along.

We listened together as I dried my hair. As I began to comb it, John took the comb and began working out the tangles for me. He was less patient than I, but would stop and kiss my ears if he heard me growl in pain. He was fond of my ears, which were pointed like a cat’s, covered in white fur that blended with my hair, and lay flat against my skull, pointing backward.

When he was done, I pushed him down on his back and settled beside him, my arm draped over his chest. I rested my head on his shoulder and studied him. His face was angular, and his default expression pensive. “Did you have a difficult surgery today?”

John shifted beneath me and pressed his thin lips against mine. Their softness always surprised me. “No. I have today and the next three days off because of the hours I worked over the last month.”

He kissed me again, his fingertips tracing random patterns on my skin, but it was too soon for him to take me again. At thirty, he no longer possessed the rampant hunger of men my age. I never minded, though I daresay my foster mother had other things in mind when she taught me to value quality over quantity.

Our affair sparked a little scandal at its start. I have CPMD, congenital pseudofeline morphological disorder. I grew up in a foster family, with no record of my actual parentage - though my unknown parents never renounced their parental rights. Leaving home at fourteen to study music in New York while also attending Adversary Candidate School was simply not done in John’s circles. Furthermore, I lived in indentured servitude; the Phoenix Society agreed to finance my education if I agreed to a dual course and a minimum of two years of service as an Adversary once I was finished.

John came from one of the few rich aristocratic families to survive Nationfall. I suspect many of his circle thought me a fortune hunter, though only one dared say so to my face. Were I not an officer of the Phoenix Society, I would have rewarded his cousin’s insult by letting him choose the terms of our duel.

Instead of pressing John to talk, I found pleasure in his embrace. I tasted him, and his skin was still sweat-salty from his prior efforts on my behalf. He sighed beneath me. “Do you love me, Naomi?”

Every man I ever dated eventually asked this question, or credited me with making them be the first to profess their love. I enjoy John’s company. He’s intelligent, serious, and frequently witty. He does useful, meaningful work. I love his hands and mouth on me.

But he’s never swept me off my feet as if we were the leads in an epic romance. I met him in the course of my duties, and decided after fifteen minutes’ conversation that if he were willing, I would take him for a lover. I began our affair expecting it to run its course.

I kissed him. “I suppose we’re due for this conversation after a year together. Is that what’s keeping you awake?”

I meant the latter half in jest, but his expression hardened. “I’m serious, Naomi. I need to know how you feel about me.”

I countered his question. “Has your family started giving you grief about me again?”

John nodded, and shifted as if he meant to sit up. I stood, poured the last of the champagne, and gave him the glass containing more. He drained it, and sat staring into it for a long moment. “How much do you know about my family?”

I admit it: I used my implant, a Society-issued bit of tech that served primarily to keep tabs on me during the course of my duties using Witness Protocol, to search the network for publicly available information. I never cared about John’s family before, because I had no inclination to join it by marrying the man. “You come from the old British peerage, and your family survived Nationfall with its fortune mostly intact. Your father would have held a title of some sort under the old regime, and a seat in the House of Lords.”

John nodded. “Did you know this before we got involved?”

“No. Has that cousin of yours been slandering me again?”

“It’s not my arsehole cousin, Naomi.” John looked away for a moment, as if ashamed. “It’s the whole demon-ridden family. I’m the oldest son, and I’m under pressure.”

“So, you’re thinking about having children?”

“Yeah. And my family seems to have the mother picked out for me. I met her this morning.”

I put aside my glass, and slipped into a fresh pair of panties and a camisole. The material brushed against the vestigial nipples on my belly, making me shiver a little. It was another sign of my CPMD.

The men who wanted me most were men uninterested in marriage and parenthood. My exotic appearance drew them, which suited me thus far. Though I’m human, I possess some feline characteristics. My pupils are slit-shaped, instead of round. My fingernails grow into claws if I leave them untrimmed. “John, I know it’s outside your specialty, but have you ever heard of couples like us having children?”

He shook his head. “No.” He paused, as if to collect his thoughts. “Look, Naomi, I wanted to know how you felt about me so I could figure out how to explain this. I never mentioned children before because I figured our age difference would make our relationship a temporary thing.”

“I’m only ten years your junior, and I left home at fourteen.”

“I thought you’d get bored with me and meet somebody your age, but you stuck around. And I stuck with you. But I have responsibilities to my family. They need me to marry a young lady from a family with whom we frequently do business. It would unite our holdings and make our business ventures stronger, in addition to continuing our lines into the future.”

I closed my eyes for a moment, and strangled the urge to fly to John and beg him to defy his family for my sake. I never wanted a permanent relationship, but I had always been the one to end it. Welcome to how the other half feels, I suppose. “This isn’t how I wanted us to part.”

John smiled at me. “Who says it has to end?”

“You’re going to marry someone with whom you can have children, John. Of course we have to say goodbye.”

“Not if you want to be my mistress.”

I suppose some people might have jumped at the opportunity to be kept in style by a lover who cherished them enough to willfully transgress the expectations of fidelity society places upon married people. I can’t condemn them. Despite this, I would not join their ranks for John’s sake. My voice sharpened. “Am I supposed to be flattered?”

“You’re angry with me.”

“I assume you haven’t been with her yet, so you’re plotting to cheat on a woman you don’t know and haven’t even touched.”

John must have found something intriguing on my floor, because he had stopped looking at me. “I spent the morning with her before I agreed to marry her. She wasn’t as good as you.”

“But she’s good enough to serve as breeding stock?” I wanted nothing more than just cause to run him through. Learning he cheated on me with his bride-to-be wasn’t quite enough. I retrieved the revolver from my nightstand drawer, cocked it, and aimed between his thighs. “Get dressed. Get out of my flat. If you ever speak to me again, you’ll be the last of your line.”

Once John was gone, I shoved myself into workout clothes and grabbed a practice sword. I ran down to Valkyrie Gym, which was always open, and told the first man I saw to spot me on free weights. I took inordinate pleasure in shooting him down after impressing him with my strength. Once I was done, I went upstairs to the dojo and took on the half-dozen students working on their swordplay.

I didn’t come home until I had finished taking out my hurt and humiliation on those poor bastards. I texted my parents to tell them I had dumped John, and curled up on the couch, ashamed of what I had done to purge my anger. I held my sword close the way I used to hug my cuddle toys.

This was hardly the manner in which I wanted to spend my first anniversary. Maybe there will be some justice in the world after all, and John’s fiancée will give him crabs. I smiled at the notion, and snuggled into my pillow.___

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2014-08-30 17:17:10 (21 comments, 0 reshares, 18 +1s)

I originally posted the following as a comment in +Jessica Meyer's stream, but decided to make it a reshare instead.

The picture below is neither helpful nor constructive. If you want to know why so many fat people give up on weight loss, it's because it is so difficult to do on one's own, and so difficult to keep the weight off, that it stops being worth the effort.

We know what being fat does to us. We're tired of waging war against our own bodies just to please skinny people like you.

If you were serious about wanting to help us, you'd do one of the following:

1. Shut the fuck up, leave us alone, and mind your own demon-ridden business.
2. Offer to help us make the necessary long-term lifestyle changes needed to remove excess body mass and keep it off using methods proven efficacious by modern science.

If you aren't willing to do... more »

___I originally posted the following as a comment in +Jessica Meyer's stream, but decided to make it a reshare instead.

The picture below is neither helpful nor constructive. If you want to know why so many fat people give up on weight loss, it's because it is so difficult to do on one's own, and so difficult to keep the weight off, that it stops being worth the effort.

We know what being fat does to us. We're tired of waging war against our own bodies just to please skinny people like you.

If you were serious about wanting to help us, you'd do one of the following:

1. Shut the fuck up, leave us alone, and mind your own demon-ridden business.
2. Offer to help us make the necessary long-term lifestyle changes needed to remove excess body mass and keep it off using methods proven efficacious by modern science.

If you aren't willing to do either of the above, you are part of the problem.

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2014-08-29 19:58:45 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 19 +1s)

Any questions?

#development #debugging #troubleshooting  

Any questions?

#development #debugging #troubleshooting  ___

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2014-08-29 18:46:40 (5 comments, 6 reshares, 19 +1s)

This is an excellent post about privilege. Instead of telling people to check their privilege, I'm just going to put the blame where it belongs by telling people they don't realize the system sucks because most of the time the system works in their favor.

This is an excellent post about privilege. Instead of telling people to check their privilege, I'm just going to put the blame where it belongs by telling people they don't realize the system sucks because most of the time the system works in their favor.___

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2014-08-29 16:09:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

I like the album for the new Evergrey album, Hymns for the Broken. I'll have to check it out, since the only Evergrey album I have so far is The Inner Circle.

I like the album for the new Evergrey album, Hymns for the Broken. I'll have to check it out, since the only Evergrey album I have so far is The Inner Circle.___

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2014-08-29 16:05:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I had no idea founding drummer Mike Portnoy had left Dream Theater. I must be seriously out of touch - or maybe my priorities aren't completely fucked after all.

I had no idea founding drummer Mike Portnoy had left Dream Theater. I must be seriously out of touch - or maybe my priorities aren't completely fucked after all.___

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2014-08-29 13:20:02 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

There's just one thing in this article that bugs me. I don't suffer from a lack of vulnerability. I fucking well enjoy it. I worked hard to build that wall, and I like being comfortably numb.

The only reason I'm married at all is that +Catherine Graybosch picked up John Dillinger's trick and walked through the wall like it wasn't there. She caught me off guard.

All of this, all of the time. ___There's just one thing in this article that bugs me. I don't suffer from a lack of vulnerability. I fucking well enjoy it. I worked hard to build that wall, and I like being comfortably numb.

The only reason I'm married at all is that +Catherine Graybosch picked up John Dillinger's trick and walked through the wall like it wasn't there. She caught me off guard.

2014-08-29 13:08:12 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Lots of speculation over on Slashdot about why women tend not to bother editing Wikipedia, but I haven't seen anybody suggest the possibility that women already do too much unpaid work at home, and might be too sensible to be willing to do more unpaid work on the net.

Lots of speculation over on Slashdot about why women tend not to bother editing Wikipedia, but I haven't seen anybody suggest the possibility that women already do too much unpaid work at home, and might be too sensible to be willing to do more unpaid work on the net.___

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2014-08-28 21:24:55 (7 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)

If 96-98% from me isn't enough for you, that's not my problem. I'll do the job, but you don't pay me enough to like it.

This got 168,000+ likes on Facebook. And I really,  _really_  *hate* it. It's right up there with the "Parable of the Pony in the Shit," in terms of smarmy goodness, and the numerology/magical thinking just adds insult to inury. I hereby crap upon it, figuratively, in public. ___If 96-98% from me isn't enough for you, that's not my problem. I'll do the job, but you don't pay me enough to like it.

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2014-08-28 12:36:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

Sometimes a girl just wants to be mad, bad, and dangerous to know. 

#silentclarion   #na   #scifi  

Sometimes a girl just wants to be mad, bad, and dangerous to know. 

#silentclarion   #na   #scifi  ___

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2014-08-28 12:25:02 (16 comments, 3 reshares, 16 +1s)

It's shit like this, male gamers. This shit makes us all look like troglodytes possessed of the utter lack of social graces characteristic of the fuckin' Daleks.

It's shit like this, male gamers. This shit makes us all look like troglodytes possessed of the utter lack of social graces characteristic of the fuckin' Daleks.___

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2014-08-28 12:14:25 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 7 +1s)

Fun Starbreaker Fact

When supporting character Edmund Cohen is stoned -- which is frequently, especially now that he's sworn off drinking -- he thinks of his signature SVD rifle as Puff the Magic Dragunov.

Though he's former British Army, he switched over to the SVD after looting one from a deserted Russian Army base during Nationfall because 7.62×54mmR ammo was much easier to find.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragunov_sniper_rifle

Fun Starbreaker Fact

When supporting character Edmund Cohen is stoned -- which is frequently, especially now that he's sworn off drinking -- he thinks of his signature SVD rifle as Puff the Magic Dragunov.

Though he's former British Army, he switched over to the SVD after looting one from a deserted Russian Army base during Nationfall because 7.62×54mmR ammo was much easier to find.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragunov_sniper_rifle___

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2014-08-27 21:42:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

Just in case anyone's interested.

Chapter six of Silent Clarion, the Starbreaker universe #NA #SciFi #thriller #serial by Matthew Graybosch is now live: https://curiosityquills.com/?p=22514___Just in case anyone's interested.

2014-08-27 21:24:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

I agree with +Rowan Cota. Opinions that have been shown to cause harm do not deserve to be heard. I won't stop you from speaking them in your own spaces, but I won't provide an audience to hatred based on distinguishing characteristics beyond an individual's control (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, mental health).

Your right to free speech ends where my filter bubble begins, because I am fucking sick of this fucking bullshit. Why the fuck is Anita Sarkeesian hiding while the dudebros spewing misogynistic hate at her sleep the sleep of the just at home I their little beds? Because of free speech? What about Ms. Sarkeesian's right to free fucking speech? What about +Rowan Cota 's right to free speech, or that of every other woman on this shithole of a planet? Do they not count because they don't have cocks?

That's bullshit, and you... more »

Anita Sarkeesian didn't sleep at home last night because she wasn't safe.

I've had a stalker send unwanted gifts to my residence repeatedly, and when told that further gifts would lead to legal escalation, had my bodily integrity threatened.

My favorite feminist blog has gone to anonymous modding because the families and friends of mods have been threatened and harassed.

And I'm still scared to post the connection to this story that I should. Because even though I know where the emergency exits are at work, if a violent man is between me and them, my odds aren't great.

I'm going on a limb here, and it's a scary one, but I want you to follow me out here, okay:

These men are no different from Elliot Rodgers, from Anders Breivik, or the Polytechnique shooter except for the fact they haven't physically harmed us, yet.

The next time you want to tell me that all opinions have a right to be heard and a place at the table?

Fucking remember the words of Louis CK. Men are afraid women will laugh at them. Women are afraid men will kill them.

(I'm not fucking around on this post. You all know the rules.)___I agree with +Rowan Cota. Opinions that have been shown to cause harm do not deserve to be heard. I won't stop you from speaking them in your own spaces, but I won't provide an audience to hatred based on distinguishing characteristics beyond an individual's control (gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, mental health).

Your right to free speech ends where my filter bubble begins, because I am fucking sick of this fucking bullshit. Why the fuck is Anita Sarkeesian hiding while the dudebros spewing misogynistic hate at her sleep the sleep of the just at home I their little beds? Because of free speech? What about Ms. Sarkeesian's right to free fucking speech? What about +Rowan Cota 's right to free speech, or that of every other woman on this shithole of a planet? Do they not count because they don't have cocks?

That's bullshit, and you fucking well know it.

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2014-08-27 12:34:04 (14 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

It's time to quit Facebook. It's also time to quit every other corporate social network, including Google+, if you don't want to be nothing but a digital sharecropper.

You are the means of production. Seize yourself.

Opinion: Is it time to quit Facebook? http://alj.am/1tJetP0___It's time to quit Facebook. It's also time to quit every other corporate social network, including Google+, if you don't want to be nothing but a digital sharecropper.

You are the means of production. Seize yourself.

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2014-08-27 01:32:22 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Seriously? Aren't the people most likely to vote Republican least likely to play video games?

Seriously? Aren't the people most likely to vote Republican least likely to play video games?___

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2014-08-27 00:52:01 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Stay classy, Comcast -- you gang of rent-seeking parasites.

Stay classy, Comcast -- you gang of rent-seeking parasites.___

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2014-08-27 00:39:05 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

My wife +Catherine Graybosch found this a couple of days ago.

My wife +Catherine Graybosch found this a couple of days ago.___

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2014-08-26 20:40:17 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

Smudge found out he has a cameo in Without Bloodshed. 

Smudge found out he has a cameo in Without Bloodshed. ___

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2014-08-26 19:49:20 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 12 +1s)

This reminds me of Virgil.

Yeti

"Whatchya doing? Wanna fling a hairband for me? Where's Mom? Wanna play?"___This reminds me of Virgil.

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2014-08-26 13:09:36 (19 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)

I had no idea that ensuring competition by preventing a few powerful corporations from monopolizing everything was Marxist, rather than sane policy inspired by Adam Smith's _The Wealth of Nations).

I had no idea that ensuring competition by preventing a few powerful corporations from monopolizing everything was Marxist, rather than sane policy inspired by Adam Smith's _The Wealth of Nations).___

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2014-08-25 18:41:28 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

If I ever decide it's time to end it all - not that I'm considering it now - I won't fuck around with booze or pills. I won't hold up traffic by jumping off a high place. I won't cut myself or bother with my own firearms.

I'll just get a local police officer to help me with my final exit. After all, they're trained professionals.

___If I ever decide it's time to end it all - not that I'm considering it now - I won't fuck around with booze or pills. I won't hold up traffic by jumping off a high place. I won't cut myself or bother with my own firearms.

I'll just get a local police officer to help me with my final exit. After all, they're trained professionals.

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2014-08-25 14:51:42 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

What's this? Could it be? Have I finally gotten my first troll review? :)

What's this? Could it be? Have I finally gotten my first troll review? :)___

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2014-08-25 12:34:59 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I haven't listened to Bruce Dickinson's Skunkworks album in a while. "Solar Confinement" is one of the standout tracks.

#metal   #musicmonday   #starbreakersoundtrack  

I haven't listened to Bruce Dickinson's Skunkworks album in a while. "Solar Confinement" is one of the standout tracks.

#metal   #musicmonday   #starbreakersoundtrack  ___

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2014-08-25 11:40:24 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

I doubt the future will turn out this well without a lot of struggling and suffering along the way, but the names from Asimov are a nice touch. 

I doubt the future will turn out this well without a lot of struggling and suffering along the way, but the names from Asimov are a nice touch. ___

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2014-08-24 03:29:10 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 16 +1s)

If you want to put an end to death being the reward for disobedience, you have to help rebuild our entire society and culture along libertarian ideals instead of authoritarian ones.

Monotheistic religion, government, and businesses that employ workers who have no say in how they work or how the business is run are all authoritarian, and they are all a Death Trip.

The only way to make society, faith, and commerce conducive to life is to make them dependent upon the informed, uncoerced, unmanufactured consent of free individuals. People have to govern themselves, and learn to trust others to govern themselves.

Hail Eris. All hail Discordia.

___If you want to put an end to death being the reward for disobedience, you have to help rebuild our entire society and culture along libertarian ideals instead of authoritarian ones.

Monotheistic religion, government, and businesses that employ workers who have no say in how they work or how the business is run are all authoritarian, and they are all a Death Trip.

The only way to make society, faith, and commerce conducive to life is to make them dependent upon the informed, uncoerced, unmanufactured consent of free individuals. People have to govern themselves, and learn to trust others to govern themselves.

Hail Eris. All hail Discordia.

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2014-08-22 18:19:42 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 22 +1s)

I'm a straight dude and I get it. Via +Emily Vitori.

HAH! I'm Bi, but the plight is still real. ;D

h/t to +Saffy Juice ___I'm a straight dude and I get it. Via +Emily Vitori.

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2014-08-22 12:04:11 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I should just sell my Xbox 360 already. I can't remember the last time I fired it up. 

I should just sell my Xbox 360 already. I can't remember the last time I fired it up. ___

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2014-08-22 03:14:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

If this guy could do sorcery, wouldn't he have ensorceled his way out of being executed by a bunch of ignorant pigfuckers?

Saudi Arabia executes man for practicing sorcery.

The Saudi Arabian government has beheaded at least 19 people this month for crimes against humanity like smuggling hash and other offenses. One of the executed, named Mohammed bin Bakr al-Alawi, was convicted of practicing sorcery.

https://uk.news.yahoo.com/rights-group-says-surge-saudi-beheadings-161836680.html___If this guy could do sorcery, wouldn't he have ensorceled his way out of being executed by a bunch of ignorant pigfuckers?

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2014-08-21 19:51:08 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Dr. Elsa-Grace Giardina (the author of this article) doesn't get it. I can't speak for every overweight/obese person in the US, but I can damn well speak for myself.

I KNOW I'M FAT. I JUST DON'T GIVE A SHIT.

I've been fat most of my life. Satan knows I heard enough about it in school. However, the reasons people tell me I should starve myself and work my ass off to lose excess weight tend to be the following:

 * Pleasing others.
 * Extending my old age.
 * Being a better person.

None of these are compelling reasons. I already balance a full-time job, writing, half-assed attempts at marketing my books, and marriage. Offer me a proven method for weight loss that consistently works, and I'll consider it -- and don't just say "diet and exercise". I've danced to that song a few times already, and it neverhe... more »

Dr. Elsa-Grace Giardina (the author of this article) doesn't get it. I can't speak for every overweight/obese person in the US, but I can damn well speak for myself.

I KNOW I'M FAT. I JUST DON'T GIVE A SHIT.

I've been fat most of my life. Satan knows I heard enough about it in school. However, the reasons people tell me I should starve myself and work my ass off to lose excess weight tend to be the following:

 * Pleasing others.
 * Extending my old age.
 * Being a better person.

None of these are compelling reasons. I already balance a full-time job, writing, half-assed attempts at marketing my books, and marriage. Offer me a proven method for weight loss that consistently works, and I'll consider it -- and don't just say "diet and exercise". I've danced to that song a few times already, and it never helped before.___

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2014-08-21 19:42:10 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

If the meeting isn't important enough to do in person, maybe it isn't worth doing at all.

If the meeting isn't important enough to do in person, maybe it isn't worth doing at all.___

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2014-08-21 19:23:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

+Jesus H. Christ, are off-base community recommendations from Google+ my reward for following you? 

+Jesus H. Christ, are off-base community recommendations from Google+ my reward for following you? ___

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2014-08-20 21:44:58 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)

This the closest I'm likely to get to finding Virgil and Smudge curled up together. 

This the closest I'm likely to get to finding Virgil and Smudge curled up together. ___

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2014-08-20 20:50:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Naomi finally gets to cross swords with an equal in Chapter 5 of Silent Clarion. Fans of Without Bloodshed might recognize her Maestro...

Chapter five of Silent Clarion, the Starbreaker universe #NA #SciFi #thriller #serial by Matthew Graybosch is now live: https://curiosityquills.com/?p=22513___Naomi finally gets to cross swords with an equal in Chapter 5 of Silent Clarion. Fans of Without Bloodshed might recognize her Maestro...

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2014-08-20 20:43:30 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

I suspect that once gaming is better on Linux than it is on Windows, +Linus Torvalds will get his wish.

I suspect that once gaming is better on Linux than it is on Windows, +Linus Torvalds will get his wish.___

2014-08-20 18:04:17 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

+Tris Stock, you should check your twitter account. I just got a spammy DM from you, and I don't think that's your style.

+Tris Stock, you should check your twitter account. I just got a spammy DM from you, and I don't think that's your style.___

2014-08-19 23:38:59 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

I was going to mention "Victory Motorcycles" in Chapter 10 of Silent Clarion because I wanted a generic equivalent of +Triumph Motorcycles, but a quick google shows that there's such a thing as +Victory Motorcycles and it's owned by +Polaris Industries.

Dammit. I guess Naomi Bradleigh will ride a a big red Conquest instead. :)

#amwriting #brands #starbreaker  

I was going to mention "Victory Motorcycles" in Chapter 10 of Silent Clarion because I wanted a generic equivalent of +Triumph Motorcycles, but a quick google shows that there's such a thing as +Victory Motorcycles and it's owned by +Polaris Industries.

Dammit. I guess Naomi Bradleigh will ride a a big red Conquest instead. :)

#amwriting #brands #starbreaker  ___

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2014-08-19 22:29:54 (10 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Oh, great. If hawks in the US government wanted a cassus belli for a third invasion of Iraq, ISIS' alleged murder of reporter James Foley is a hell of a good candidate.

Even better, these clowns managed to get their hands on American weapons, according to Vice. http://www.vice.com/read/isis-stole-some-shiny-new-weapons-from-the-iraqi-army-989 Anybody want to take bets on when conspiracy theorists will start blithering about how the US backed ISIS the way they originally backed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban?

BREAKING: ISIS beheads an American journalist on camera.

WARNING: Graphic images:
https://plus.google.com/s/ISIS%20James%20Foley___Oh, great. If hawks in the US government wanted a cassus belli for a third invasion of Iraq, ISIS' alleged murder of reporter James Foley is a hell of a good candidate.

Even better, these clowns managed to get their hands on American weapons, according to Vice. http://www.vice.com/read/isis-stole-some-shiny-new-weapons-from-the-iraqi-army-989 Anybody want to take bets on when conspiracy theorists will start blithering about how the US backed ISIS the way they originally backed Al-Qaeda and the Taliban?

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2014-08-19 20:23:26 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Going by the headline alone, I was going to say that Sunil Datta thinks he's Morgan Stormrider, but a more apt comparison would be to Judge Dredd.

The latter considers himself justified, and is authorized by the law he enforces, to summarily execute suspects who put up a fight.

The problem is that the police are authorized to kick your ass if they think they're justified in doing so. Instead of complaining about the police, we need to elect officials who will fix the law.

This is a profoundly disturbing editorial. It's an op-ed written by a police officer in the Washington Post, and its message is very simple: 

"If you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names, don’t tell me that I can’t stop you, don’t say I’m a racist pig, don’t threaten that you’ll sue me and take away my badge. Don’t scream at me that you pay my salary, and don’t even think of aggressively walking towards me. Most field stops are complete in minutes. How difficult is it to cooperate for that long?"

I wish I could tell you that this article betrayed a sense of the absurd, or that it was meant in some kind of satirical fashion. It isn't. His argument is simple: you have no idea what's going on for that cop or what the cop is going through. The cop has the right to use whatever force is needed. So if you don't want to get shot, do everything the cop says, never argue, never object. Later, he says, you can "ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated."

To list a few of the exceptionally obvious things which this ignores:

(1) All of the arguments that you don't know what a cop is going through, that this "routine traffic stop" is actually very dangerous for them, and so on, apply just as well to the person being stopped. In fact, especially if you don't look white and upper-class enough, that routine stop is even more dangerous for you than for the cop: the cop doesn't know if you're armed and willing to become violent, but (by Dutta's own admission) you do know that the cop is. Saying that people being stopped need to be respectful and do what the cop says, but that the cop isn't under any such obligation to anyone else, is an invitation for violence.

(2) These post facto remedies which he suggests are incredibly limited in their value. Go ahead and lodge a complaint; it will promptly be filed in the appropriate place. Under the POBOR (Peace Officers' Bill of Rights, a California law) and similar laws elsewhere, you get all sorts of guarantees here: for example, that if a decision is made in regards to your complaint, you will be notified of that decision within 30 days. It does not guarantee, for example, that a decision will actually be made, and in fact it guarantees that if a decision isn't made within a year, the officer will face no consequences from it. The police have a tremendous degree of immunity, and outside of very exceptional situations, are investigated only by an internal system.

(You can read the text of the POBOR here: https://www.cslea.com/legal/pobor . Other states have similar laws, but you should check your own state's laws for the details)

(3) If a police officer does something wrong during a stop, it can have serious consequences for you, which will not be redressed no matter what. As far as the police are concerned, an arrest isn't a "consequence," since the courts can easily throw it out; but go ahead and explain that to your employer when you're telling them why you didn't come to work. Being threatened and harassed every time you walk out the door in your neighborhood isn't a "consequence," because if the cop didn't have a good reason, they wouldn't have done anything.

Knowing that you might be publicly bullied and humiliated, in front of your children, your spouse, or your employer, that you may be searched, beaten, or arrested at any time -- and that such things happen routinely to you and everyone around you -- is something acceptable, in the view of this editorial, because you have the right to file a grievance later with the same organization which has decided that this behavior is, at a baseline, OK.


My purpose here isn't to say that people should be rude or threatening to cops. I'm saying that the obligation of police and citizens is a reciprocal obligation. It is absolutely true that the work of police is dangerous and complicated, and they require certain allowances in order to be able to do their jobs; however, if you translate that to "they must be granted unlimited authority over the citizenry, and must never be challenged, except after the fact and in very limited ways," then the police have been set up to become villains, not heroes. 

Dutta's attitude is profoundly corrupted: he has taken the real and reasonable fears of police about doing their jobs, and expanded it into a notion of the police as being a class above the public, with tremendous powers of force and coercion, and subject to not even contradiction. If you heard this sort of statement from soldiers, you would think you were living in a military junta; if you hear this from police officers, you wonder if they think we are living in a junta.

h/t +Xenophrenia for the link.___Going by the headline alone, I was going to say that Sunil Datta thinks he's Morgan Stormrider, but a more apt comparison would be to Judge Dredd.

The latter considers himself justified, and is authorized by the law he enforces, to summarily execute suspects who put up a fight.

The problem is that the police are authorized to kick your ass if they think they're justified in doing so. Instead of complaining about the police, we need to elect officials who will fix the law.

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2014-08-19 17:35:43 (3 comments, 2 reshares, 10 +1s)

I started working on Chapter 10 of Silent Clarion at lunch this afternoon.

Naomi Bradleigh wanted a pony as a little girl. As a big strong woman, she wants an iron horse -- preferably nuclear-powered. :)

Chapter 5 comes out tomorrow.

#amwriting #starbreaker #silentclarion  

I started working on Chapter 10 of Silent Clarion at lunch this afternoon.

Naomi Bradleigh wanted a pony as a little girl. As a big strong woman, she wants an iron horse -- preferably nuclear-powered. :)

Chapter 5 comes out tomorrow.

#amwriting #starbreaker #silentclarion  ___

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2014-08-19 15:25:34 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

I did time at a for-profit school because I never believed I had a shot at SUNY. I don't mention it on my resume, because I suspected that the admission wouldn't help me.

___I did time at a for-profit school because I never believed I had a shot at SUNY. I don't mention it on my resume, because I suspected that the admission wouldn't help me.

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2014-08-19 12:57:54 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Why am I not surprised? The more I read about #Ferguson, the more convinced I become that the place needs #regimechange.

Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out since the occupation of Japan under MacArthur.

More details about #Ferguson emerge:

“Despite Ferguson’s relative poverty, fines and court fees comprise the second largest source of revenue for the city, a total of 2,635,400,” according to the ArchCity Defenders report. And in 2013, the Ferguson Municipal Court issued 24,532 arrest warrants and 12,018 cases, “or about 3 warrants and 1.5 cases per household.”

Might the city and law enforcement be somehow motivated to go after those segments of the population least likely to afford proper legal counsel?

...naaah.___Why am I not surprised? The more I read about #Ferguson, the more convinced I become that the place needs #regimechange.

Unfortunately, that hasn't worked out since the occupation of Japan under MacArthur.

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2014-08-19 00:05:52 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

I have to pick theme songs for each chapter of Silent Clarion, and I decided Duke Ellington's "Solitude" would be a suitable theme for Chapter Nine.

It's the sort of music Naomi might play at a Manhattan hotel bar to make a quick bit of money.

#jazz   #classic   #piano  

I have to pick theme songs for each chapter of Silent Clarion, and I decided Duke Ellington's "Solitude" would be a suitable theme for Chapter Nine.

It's the sort of music Naomi might play at a Manhattan hotel bar to make a quick bit of money.

#jazz   #classic   #piano  ___

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2014-08-18 00:35:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

Thanks, +Shawna Bergen!

Thanks, +Shawna Bergen!___

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2014-08-16 21:17:28 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

I always like seeing reviews of my work. :)

I always like seeing reviews of my work. :)___

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2014-08-16 21:10:34 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

This is +Jillian Ann's latest fashion collection. Reminds me of #Matrix  cosplay.

This is +Jillian Ann's latest fashion collection. Reminds me of #Matrix  cosplay.___

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2014-08-16 16:36:30 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)

Hey, everybody. It's time for Saturday Scenes again. I know I skipped last week, but that was due to personal difficulties. You see, I've spent the last few years dancing along the edge of burnout. It's the price I pay for being both a novelist and a programmer.

But you don't care about any of that. You want Saturday Scenes. I haven't had time to come up with something new for you, so here's a scene from Chapter Ten of Without Bloodshed.

#saturdayscenes   #withoutbloodshed   #burnout  

Abram Mellech took a hand off the wheel of his restored black Castille to pull at the collar chafing his throat. Everything seemed so simple. Of all the Disciples of the Watch, he was the one most reluctant to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. This made him perfect for his mission. He adopted the guise of an ascetic, and became Sabaoth's right hand. As apr... more »

Hey, everybody. It's time for Saturday Scenes again. I know I skipped last week, but that was due to personal difficulties. You see, I've spent the last few years dancing along the edge of burnout. It's the price I pay for being both a novelist and a programmer.

But you don't care about any of that. You want Saturday Scenes. I haven't had time to come up with something new for you, so here's a scene from Chapter Ten of Without Bloodshed.

#saturdayscenes   #withoutbloodshed   #burnout  

Abram Mellech took a hand off the wheel of his restored black Castille to pull at the collar chafing his throat. Everything seemed so simple. Of all the Disciples of the Watch, he was the one most reluctant to indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. This made him perfect for his mission. He adopted the guise of an ascetic, and became Sabaoth's right hand. As a prophet, he gathered and equipped an army willing to kill and die for their faith. When the time came, however, the Repentant in Christ would fight against the demon who dared call himself God.

He looked forward to reclaiming his true self and being Adramelech again. No longer a priest, but a deva who found demonic power and became an emanation of the tree of death. First, he would achieve a flow state, rip the damnable collar from his neck, and brush its ashes from his hands. He already missed Bathory's taste, and the heat of her kiss, despite only meeting her a few days ago. He would seek her next, and—should she permit it―take his fill.

A motorcyclist cut Abram off, forcing him to hit the brakes. He recognized the biker as a Sun Jester; the patch sewn on his jacket was distinguishable from that of the Fireclowns only by color. All he needed was to concentrate and draw power, and he could blow the bike and its rider off the road. Some of the Fireclowns might even thank him for eliminating one of their rivals. He shook his head and pulled at his collar again. "Grant me patience, Lord." Now I pray to one of my equals, and an enemy besides. The things I do to stay in character.

He managed to park underneath Boston's City Hall without further incident, and retrieved an attaché case containing payment for a final shipment of weapons from the trunk. One of Liebenthal's mercenaries, a heavily tattooed man with a thick red beard, greeted him and verified his identity before escorting him upstairs. He was muscular enough to handle one of the huge vintage motorcycles he and his fellow Fireclowns insisted upon riding, despite the age evident in his weathered face. Abram had no doubt he would handle the rifle slung across his back or the knives in his belt with similar ease. He shot Abram a sidelong glance as the elevator doors closed. "You want to be careful around Yojimbo."

Abram nodded, recognizing Munakata's nickname. "I usually am. Is there any particular reason for concern?"

"Yeah. The client sent us to the Phoenix Society chapter to bag some hostages. It didn't work out."

"What happened?"

"We got our asses kicked, and Liebenthal's pet samurai is still pissy because a woman saved us."

The elevator stopped, and opened its doors. As Abram stepped out, the biker caught his shoulder. "Hey, Rev. I've got a couple of minutes before I need to resume my post downstairs. You want to duck into one of these offices to hear my confession and let me do penance?"

Abram gently brushed off the man's hand. "Sorry. I took a vow of chastity. Christ's peace be upon you."

The staccato of rapid footsteps preceded the metallic hiss of a sword clearing its scabbard. The blade rent air, and hissed again as its owner sheathed it. The pattern's repetition led Abram to a long conference room in which all of the furniture stood stacked against the walls. Munakata's head snapped toward Abram to reveal a visage indistinguishable from Morgan Stormrider's save for a hairstyle out of fashion since the Meiji Restoration. He dressed in black, with the exception of a shirt matching his green eyes. His jacket hung from a coat rack near the door. Abram examined it, and noted the label. "Caderousse & Sons of Marseilles? I'm surprised you'd spare the expense."

Sheathing his katana, Munakata found a chair for Abram. "I'm a sellsword, not a barbarian." His eyes fixed on a crow perched outside the windows. "Are you here for the last shipment?"

"Among other things. What happened last night?"

"Liebenthal thought there might be remnants of the Phoenix Society's presence in Boston: support staff, Adversaries just returned from assignments, and the like. He ordered me to lead a detachment of Fireclowns and do a sweep. We found a couple of Morgan Stormrider's friends, Sid Schneider and Edmund Cohen." Munakata spat the names. "They drew their weapons first. I came within millimeters of tearing out Schneider's throat, but the son of a bitch must have been sparring with Stormrider."

Witness Protocol tells a different story, but I gain nothing from pressing the matter. "I understand you had a guardian angel. Who was she?"

"Doubtless you're better acquainted with her than I." Munakata paused, considering the sheathed blade in his hands. When he spoke again, it was almost to himself, as an afterthought. "Schneider seemed aware of the asura emulators' existence. He knew how to put me down permanently. Why did he hold back?"

Here was a question Abram could answer. Despite playing the traitor, he retained access to the Sephiroth. They answered to Imaginos, and were in on the plot. "Stormrider's orders specified no fatalities."

"His orders usually do." Munakata's smile held a cynical edge. "Imaginos can't just tell the man he needs so-and-so rubbed out. The Phoenix Society isn't that sort of organization. Regardless, if he's done with you, you get a choice: Die facing an Adversary, or die with a shank in the back." 

Abram's tone lacked its usual gentle warmth, which he used to soothe those burdened by guilt, and ease their consciences for a reasonable fee. "According to Scripture, those who take the sword die by the sword."

"Better to die by the sword than on the cross. Where's Stormrider?"

"He recently arrived in Boston, and brought a companion."

"Who?"

"Naomi Bradleigh. Imaginos expects you to leave his daughter alone."

Munakata turned his back on Abram, who followed his gaze out the window. A pack of bikers riding two abreast approached City Hall. "If I refrain from drawing my blade against his daughter, it will be because she did not first threaten me."

"You showed no such scruples when you cut down Rutherford, Collins, and Gabriel. Your technique left them no time to draw weapons."

"They took bribes from Liebenthal, and are therefore a disgrace to the IRD corps." Munakata looked away. "If I let them live, the Phoenix Society would send somebody other than Stormrider, which does not suit my employer's purpose. As an ex-Adversary, my sword was the only due process they deserved."

"I understand you have no reason to care, but allow me to finish my message. Imaginos hopes you'll rouse Stormrider's curiosity concerning his nature."

"If he wants to learn about CPMD, he can use the network. Why concern yourself?"

"The souls of all Christ's children are my concern. I can ease the weight of your sins."

"My sins made me what I am. I will keep them, and you can keep your Christ." Munakata rose, and grabbed his jacket. He tucked it and his katana under his right arm. "I need some fresh air. Mr. Liebenthal is in his office. He's expecting you."

LINKS

New York Magazine on Burnout: http://nymag.com/news/features/24757/___

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2014-08-16 16:00:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 24 +1s)

Virgil's all warm from the sun, like a great big toaster pastry. 

Virgil's all warm from the sun, like a great big toaster pastry. ___

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2014-08-16 14:22:08 (11 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)

I've been thinking about this a great deal lately, but haven't reached any coherent conclusions aside from deciding that replacing all exiting social programs with a universal basic income would be a good idea. Medicare for all, and Social Security for all.

Yes, its "socialism". I don't care. I've come to think that socialism is the only thing that can save commerce from capitalism.

I've been thinking about this a great deal lately, but haven't reached any coherent conclusions aside from deciding that replacing all exiting social programs with a universal basic income would be a good idea. Medicare for all, and Social Security for all.

Yes, its "socialism". I don't care. I've come to think that socialism is the only thing that can save commerce from capitalism.___

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